The NFL's new State-of-the-Art

The Cowboys haven’t done much in the last 20 years to raise the NFL bar on the field. But off the field it’s a different story with the unveiling of their new $1.5 billion practice facility.


(Photos from the Talk of Fame Network archives)

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The Cowboys haven’t done much in the last 20 years to raise the NFL bar on the field. But off the field it’s a different story.

The Cowboys returned from their California training camp this week to move into their new facility – a $1.5 billion project called The Star at Ford Center. It has a 12,000-seat indoor facility that also will serve as the home field for the eight schools of the Frisco Independent School District, complete with hi-def replay boards. When the complex is completed, it will also have an Omni hotel and a Baylor health center attached.

The team's new headquarters is essentially the Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame with walls dedicated to the team’s past successes and stars. There’s a Hall of Fame wall and Super Bowl walls. Jerry Jones could have set aside a separate wing in the building for the Minnesota Vikings because there is one wall for the Herschel Walker deal that paved the way to those three Lombardi Trophies in the 1990s, plus two more walls dedicated to the Hail Mary pass from Roger Staubach to Drew Pearson in a 1975 playoff game against the Vikes.


(Herschel Walker trade wall)

There’s a meeting room with theater seats to accommodate 154, a team dining room that rivals some Dallas restaurants and a whirlpool in the lockerroom the size of a small Dallas suburb. There are displays in the lobby of the team’s five Lombardi Trophies and the five Super Bowl rings. They even have on display under glass the original scouting reports for Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Larry Allen. (Smith's first name is even misspelled.) Outside, there are two practice fields and two parking garages. The Ravens, Eagles, Lions, Bucs and Seahawks have all opened swank new practice facilities in recent years. But the Cowboys now have the swankiest of them all.

All that’s left now is for the Cowboys to prove themselves worthy of their new digs. Jerry Jones didn’t bankroll this project based on the 4-12 finish by his Cowboys last season.


(Hall of Fame wall)


(Super Bowl XXX wall)


(Team meeting room)


(Hail Mary wall)


(Original Troy Aikman scouting report)


(Original Emmitt Smith scouting report)


(Seating area of Stephen Jones' office)


(Primary practice field with corporate offices on left)